CPI(M) says no to poll alliance involving Cong
‘Composite culture’ movement has little to do with electoral politics, says Yechury
The CPI(M) will not be part of any electoral alliance involving the Congress, the Left party said on Tuesday. It will however, continue to be associated with JD(U) rebel Sharad Yadav’s ‘Save Composite Culture’ campaign, which has the backing of Opposition parties, including the Congress.
CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said his party would attend meetings aimed at “protecting the composite culture for a larger cause”, but added that it will not take part in any rally of the “Mahagatbandhan” (grand alliance) with the Congress in the future too.
Yechury made the comment two days after the Left party skipped the RJD’s ‘BJP Bhagao, Desh Bachao’ (Banish BJP, Save Country) rally in Patna, attended by several key opposition leaders.
The CPI(M) leader said that the composite culture movement is not to be confused with ‘mahagathbandhan’ as the former has “got nothing to do with electoral alliance”.
The CPI(M) had not participated in the rally, citing presence of its arch-rival and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
“The question is being raised that the CPI(M) did not take part in Lalu’s rally, but is attending Sharad Yadav’s meet on composite culture.”
According to the CPI(M)’s stated parties had joined hands on August 17 at Yadav’s ‘save composite culture’ meeting, calling for a united fight against the ruling BJP with Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi taking the government head on and accusing it of not fulfilling its promises.
Rahul Gandhi, however, skipped the Patna rally as he was abroad.
In the 2016 West Bengal assembly election, the CPI(M) had an understanding with the Congress over seat sharing. The CPI (M)-led Left Front, however, faced a drubbing in the polls and was relegated to third position, behind the ruling TMC and the Congress in its erstwhile bastion.
The party Politburo, a key decision-making body of the Left party, had rebuked the state unit over the poll result, saying the “electoral tactics” adopted in the state were not in consonance with its political tactical line.
CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said the party’s ‘Political Tactical Line’ does not permit an alliance with the Congress KK NAJEEB